- 1937 Born in Tokyo, Japan
- lives and works New York, NY/Toyko, Japan
- Born in Tokyo, 1937. He is a pioneering Japanese maker of experimental film and video art, who, over the last fifty years has achieved an international reputation and had a tremendous impact upon the development of experimental cinema in both the U.S. and Japan. Iimura began making experimental films in the early sixties, the golden period for underground art, and was associated with such avant-garde artists as Yoko Ono painters, Genpei Akasegawa and Natsuyuki Nakanishi and buto dancer Tatsumi Hijikata. He is also known for organizing the historically important ’Japan Film Independent,’ the first experimental film festival in Japan.
He is a widely established international artist, having had numerous solo exhibitions and performance events in major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Centre Georges Pompidou, the National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Reina Sofia National Museum, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, in addition to artist residencies at the German Academy of Arts and Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Bellagio, Italy. A collection of his works can be seen at Metropolitan Museum of the Art (U.S.), Centre Georges Pompidou (France), Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Japan). Recently, his legendary live film performance Circle & Square (1981) became a collection of the Whitney Museum.
He holds B.A. in Political Science from Keio University. He served himself as a professor at the Nagoya Zokei University of Art & Design and Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics.
Selected Public Collections
- American Federation of the Art, New York
- Anthology Film Archives, New York
- Archivio Storico della Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
- Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
- Donnell Library, New York
- Everson Museum of Art, New York
- Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
- Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
- Metropolitan Museum of the Art, New York
- Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Japan
- Museumsverein Aachen, Aachen, Germany
- Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
- Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
- Royal Belgique Film Archive, Brussels
- Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Hall, Tokyo, Japan
- Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- Whitney Museum of American Art, Permanent Collection, New York